Muslim Cab Driver Attack Update: Attacker’s Journal Filled With “Anti-Muslim” Material
There’s more information today about Michael Enright, the man charged with attacking a New York City cab driver after asking if he was Muslim:
A Queens cabbie said Wednesday night he saw “so much hate” in the face of a boozed-up bigot who slashed him after asking if he was Muslim.
Driver Ahmed Sharif said he pleaded for his life as knife-wielding suspect Michael Enright launched a bloody attack Tuesday after hailing the yellow cab in Kips Bay.
Sharif said the blond-haired Enright told him, “As-salaam alaikum” – which means “peace be unto you” in Arabic – before committing the crazed assault.
“I begged him, ‘Please don’t kill me,'” Sharif, 43, told the Daily News. “I was thinking about my four kids. If I’m gone, there is no one to care for them.”
Enright, 21, a film student from upstate Brewster, was arraigned yesterday on charges of attempted murder and assault, both as hate crimes. He was ordered held without bail pending another hearing Monday.
Enright, a senior at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, returned from Afghanistan in May after 35 days of filming a documentary about front-line troops.
When he was arrested Tuesday in midtown, Enright had a personal diary filled with pages of “pretty strong anti-Muslim comments,” a police source said.
The source said Enright’s journal equated Muslims with “killers, ungrateful for the help they were being offered, filthy murderers without a conscience.”
It still isn’t clear what Enright’s real connection is with a group that has come out in favor of the Park 51 project, but it would seem that any suggestion that this was some kind of hoax attack has been presumptively rebutted.